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interjection informal     thanks pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    used for telling someone that you are grateful for something that they have said or done

    ‘You’re looking well.’ ‘Thanks.’

    thanks for (doing) something:

    Thanks for reminding me.

    Thanks for dinner – it was great.

  2. 2
    used for politely accepting something that is offered to you

    ‘Do you want a chocolate?’ ‘Thanks, I’d love one.’

    1. a.
      used with ‘no’ for politely refusing something that is offered to you

      ‘Can I get you a drink?’ ‘No, thanks.’

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    thanks a million thank you very much

    Thanks a million for your help.

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 13/10/2015
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    thanks a million used in an ironic way to say that you are annoyed or angry about something that someone has done or said

    Thanks a million for failing to help me!

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 13/10/2015
  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    thanks for nothing used to show that you are angry or annoyed because someone did not help you in some way

    You were supposed to help me bring those groceries in the house. Thanks for nothing!

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 01/01/2017
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